All is Groovy

In her first blog post our fabulous volunteer Jenna has scoured the archives for films showing mid-century youth fads and fashions. This first instalment explores the baby boomers of the post-war years and their coming of age in the early 1960s, embracing everything from beehives to bouffants and kinky boots to Italian suits.

Star-Struck with Sting

It’s not every day you get to meet your heroes. But decades ago, a star-struck schoolgirl from Stockton, fast tracked as a 16 year old co-presenter on the new Tyne Tees TV children’s programme Sunday Sundae, did just that. Find out what happened when, decades later, North East Film Archive rediscovered an early 80s interview with pop star Sting in their collections.

Help us to preserve York's film heritage

Do something special for York!

YFA are asking for your help to support us in a very special campaign to preserve the rich film heritage of the city, and create a permanent legacy for everyone to see and enjoy, far into the future.

Newcastle on Film - now available on DVD!

There’s nowhere on earth quite like Newcastle - and now, thanks to overwhelming demand, you can enjoy the moving story of the city as captured on film over the past 100 years, with our astonishing new DVD revealing ‘Newcastle on Film’.

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Archive Picks


A short film made by the Riley Brothers, this film contains rare footage of Queen Victoria during her visit to Sheffield on 21 May, 1897 to open the Town Hall.  This is one of the earliest films in the YFA collection.   

The procession, filmed by a single static camera, passes through a...

Film ID: 15 Year: 1897